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fix the Google pagerank of en.wikivoyage (0/10)
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per Stefan Fussan and the talk on Wikivoyage at Wikimania,
en.wikivoyage currently has a page rank of 0/10 for unknown reasons,
while the other language editions are not affected.

find out the reason (possibly mistakenly considered a copy of wikitravel?),
and fix it

Version: wmf-deployment
Severity: normal



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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to High.Nov 22 2014, 2:03 AM
bzimport set Reference to bz52688.

Any hints on this from the webmaster tools?

Also brought up at

Philippe: Is there anything that anybody could help with here?

It looks like we have the webmaster tools set up for several of the WMF sites, but not for any of the Wikivoyage sites yet. I'll poke some people and see if we can get them added.

My personal guess is that English WikiVoyage appears to be link farming from Google's point of view.

"Link Farming: The coexistence of multiple websites evolving around one single service or product, all of which are interlinked to each other."

Since WikiVoyage is very similar to WikiTravel and links to WikiTravel from every single page, this probably gets flagged as link farming by Google's algorithms.

I hooked up Google Webmaster Tools for en.wikivoyage, but it didn't reveal any issues. Google is successfully crawling the site without any problems. Unfortunately, it doesn't give any hints about how to improve the ranking.

On a positive note, it does look like our traffic from Google is rising. Over the past month our impressions and hits from Google have risen about 20% for en.wikivoyage. On the bad side, even with the 20% boost, we're still only getting about 2000 clicks per day from Google (compared to 60 million per day for en.wikipedia). That's probably less than the average Facebook page.

My suggestion would be to continue pursuing the footer changes and see if that makes any difference (pending WMF Legal's input).

(In reply to comment #7)

My suggestion would be to continue pursuing the footer changes and see if
makes any difference (pending WMF Legal's input).

That's reported as bug 53942; but it's not clear how it would be related to this problem.

In general: is it really strange for a new website, whose content is mostly identical to the content of another website almost a decade older, to have a lower pagerank? Seems rather standard, until the new website gains enough incoming links to make the other one to be considered the clone.

Just for historical reference, en.wikivoyage currently has 7,425,990 incoming links from other websites (not * 5,185,898 1,236,752 192,600 112,557 105,189

Google should be happy about and in return check this for us :)

Google Webmaster Tools key has been added to dns template which should fix this. See output of:

dig -t TXT

For some reason, incoming links to Wikivoyage have declined significantly since last year: 2,385,845 1,088,418 215,890 150,731 85,371

Was there an article purge or something?

How is the page rank nowadays? If it's higher than 0, i'd say let's resolve the bug.

however it happened, but:

Web Page URL:
The Page Rank:

now per

just resolving this..